tv British Prime Minister David Cameron Remarks at Conservative Party... CSPAN October 12, 2015 12:01am-1:01am EDT
announcer: next, british prime minister david cameron at the conservative conference, and then democratic presidential candidates bernie sanders and hillary clinton speak to the hispanic caucus, and then at 11:00 p.m., another chance to see "q&a" with senator gary hart. in britain's most recent parliamentary elections, prime minister david cameron's conservative party won the majority of seats. at the annual conference in manchester, the prime minister talked about their win and britain's future in the european
union, and the rival leader of the labour party. this is about one hour. ♪ prime minister cameron: thank you very much. ♪ thank you. thank you very much. thank you. thank you for that wonderful, wonderful welcome, and i am so proud to be standing here in front of you today. back in government. and not just any government. a majority conservative
government. and to the people in this hall, i want to say thank you. you are the greatest team a prime minister could ever have. and to the british people, when you put your cross in the conservative box, you were putting your faith in us to finish the job we started, to back working people, to deliver security for you and your family, and i'll tell you now. we will not let you down. but just for a moment, think back to may the 7th. i don't know about you, but it only takes two words to cheer me up. "exit poll." and then what happened that night, the conservatives,
winning across wales, on the march in the midlands. bolton west, derby north, berwick, wells. conservative once more. gower for the first time ever. the north, more tory, the south, the east, almost a clean sweep. and cornwall. that wonderful county. 100% conservative. as dawn rose, a new light. a bluer light. fell across our isles. and i will never forget that morning. getting back to london. seeing many of you. then sitting down in the flat at no 10 with sam and the kids getting ready for school. there we were, surrounded by half-packed boxes and bin bags. well, you have to be ready for anything. i was writing my speech and
preparing to go and see her majesty. and i thought. i'll just lie down and let it all sink in. as i shut my eyes, ed balls had gone. and when i woke up and i switched on the radio, nigel farage had gone too. there was a brief moment when i thought it was all a dream. but there's a serious point. why did all the pollsters and the pundits get it so wrong? because, fundamentally, they didn't understand the people who make up our country. the vast majority of people aren't obsessives, arguing at the extremes of the debate. let me put it as simply as i can. britain and twitter are not the same thing. the british people are decent,
sensible, reasonable, and they just want a government that supports the vulnerable, backs those who do the right thing and helps them get on in life. good jobs, a decent home, better childcare, controlled immigration, lower taxes so there's more money at the end of the month, an nhs that's there for them, seven days a week, great schools, dignity in retirement. that is what people want and that is what we will deliver. the party of working people, the party for working people. today, tomorrow, always. ten years ago, i stood on a stage just like this one and said if we changed our party we could change our country. we've done that. together. i didn't campaign on the nhs alone. you joined me.
it wasn't just me who put social justice, equality for gay people, tackling climate change, and helping the world's poorest at the centre of the conservative party's mission. we all did. and i didn't select our candidates. it was you. look who was elected in may. nusrat ghani, whose parents, just a generation ago, were living in a small village in kashmir. seema kennedy, who was five when she and her family were forced to flee revolutionary iran. five years ago, johnny mercer was on his third tour of duty in afghanistan. caught in an ambush, he was left cradling a dear comrade as he lay fatally wounded. just days before the election, scott mann was doing his postal round in cornwall. delivering not just his own campaign leaflets, but his rivals' too. different journeys, often
difficult journeys, all leading here. so let us hear it for them now. the new generation of conservative members of parliament. round the cabinet table, a third of my colleagues are women. a few months ago, we were discussing childcare. it was introduced by the black british son of a single parent, sam gyimah. he was backed up by the daughter of gujarati immigrants who arrived in our country from east africa with nothing except the
clothes they stood up in, priti patel. and the first speaker was sajid javid, whose father came here from pakistan to drive the buses. this is what we've done together. and now with couples married because of us, working people backed because of us, the nhs safe because of us, and children in the poorest parts of the world saved because of us. everyone in this hall can be incredibly proud of our journey. the journey of the modern, compassionate, one nation conservative party. so as five years of government stretch out before us, what do i see on the skyline? i love britain. i love our history and what we've given to the world. i love our get-up-and-go, that
whenever we're down, we're never out. i love our character, our decency, our sense of humor. i love every part of our country. england, scotland, wales, northern ireland. we are one nation and i will defend our union with everything i have got. every day, in every way, great britain lives up to its name. and i know this. we can make it greater still. a greater britain. where people have greater hope, greater chances, greater security. i really believe we're on the brink of something special in our country. this year, we've seen more people in work than at any time in our history, more of our children starting university than ever before, more british entrepreneurs setting up shop
than anywhere else in europe. wages are rising. hope is returning. we're moving into the light. but we're not there yet. we're only halfway through. for me, that has a very literal -- literal meaning. i can say something today that perhaps no prime minister has ever really been able to say before. i'm starting the second half of my time in this job. as you know, i am not going to fight another election as your leader. so i don't have the luxury of unlimited time. let me tell you, i am in just as much of a hurry as five years ago. securing our country, growing our economy, jobs, exports, growth, infrastructure. these are the stepping stones on the path to greatness for our country. and we've been laying them every day since we came to office.
we will continue to do so. but to make britain greater, we need to tackle some deep social problems problems we only just made a start on, as we focused on the economic emergency that faced us. the scourge of poverty. the brick wall of blocked opportunity. the shadow of extremism. hanging over every single one of us. a greater britain doesn't just need a stronger economy. it needs a stronger society. and delivering this social reform is entirely fitting with the great history of the conservative party who have always been the optimists, the agents of hope and the leaders of change. that's why i joined it. that's why i wanted to lead it. and now, in my final term as prime minister, i say let's live up to the greatest traditions of conservative social reform. in all the challenges we face,
we will be guided by our conservative values. our belief in strong defense and sound money. our belief in an enterprise economy, that if you set free the ambition that burns so deeply within the british people, they will strike out on their own, take on new workers, take on the world. our belief in equality of opportunity, as opposed to equality of outcome. not everyone ending up with the same exam results, the same salary, the same house. but everyone having the same shot at them. now some people may argue these things are obvious. i have to tell you, they're not. it becomes clearer by the day that the labour party has completely abandoned any notion of these ideas. so let us resolve here, at this conference, to do what we've
always done, to prove our conservative truths to save britain from the danger of labour and to rebuild britain so it is greater still. a greater britain. that is our goal. it begins by making the case for strong defense. my first duty as prime minister is to keep people safe. some of the loneliest moments in this job are when you are reading intelligence reports about plots being planned against the british people. this summer i was told that reyaad khan and junaid hussain were in syria planning terrorist attacks on uk soil. of course, i asked all the proper questions. how do we stop them? is there another way?
do we have that capability? is it legal? i knew that whatever action i took would provoke a big debate. but my job as prime minister is quite simple, really. ultimately, it's not to debate, it's to decide. and the choice i faced was this -- act. and we could stop them carrying out their plans. stall. and we could see innocent people murdered on our streets. so i took decisive action to keep britain safe. and that's what i will always do. and on the subject of protecting our country from terrorism, let me just say this.
thousands of words have been written about the new labour leader. but you only really need to know one thing. he thinks the death of osama bin laden was a "tragedy." no. a tragedy is nearly 3,000 people murdered one morning in new york. a tragedy is the mums and dads who never came home from work that day. a tragedy is people jumping from the towers after the planes hit. my friends. we cannot let that man inflict his security-threatening, terrorist-sympathizing, britain-hating ideology on the country we love. [applause]
another big judgment call to make is when a refugee crisis confronts our world. like most people, i found it impossible to get the image of that poor syrian boy aylan kurdi out of my mind. we know in our hearts our responsibilities to help those fleeing for their lives. but we know, too, that we must keep our heads. let's start with a simple fact. twelve million people have been made homeless by the conflict in syria. and so far only 4% of them have come to europe. if we opened the door to every refugee, our country would be overwhelmed.
the best thing britain can do is help neighboring countries, the syrian people and the refugees in the camps and when we do take refugees, to take them from the region, rather than acting in a way that encourages more to make that dangerous journey. as we do this, let's remember we haven't only just started caring about syrians. we've been helping them over the past four years, giving more in aid to that part of the world than any other country except america. and we have been able to do that because this party made a promise and kept a promise. to spend 0.7% of our national income on aid. other countries also made that promise. but they didn't keep it.
i say to them if britain can keep her promises, so should you. but the real answer to the refugee crisis lies in helping countries like syria become places where people actually want to live. that means having a government that's not terrorizing its people. and that's why assad must go. in its place, we need a government that can be our ally in the defeat of isil. isis. because we will never be safe here in britain until we eradicate that death cult. some think we can contract that out to america. we shouldn't. we must play our part too. and we can, because of that commitment we made this summer. yes, we will spend 2% of our gdp
on defense. this year, next year, throughout this decade. [applause] in the coming years, we'll be launching the biggest aircraft carriers in our history. a new class of hunter killer submarines. new joint strike fighter jets, improved apache helicopters, a new fleet of drones. and because our independent nuclear deterrent is our ultimate insurance policy. this government will order four new trident submarines. [applause] in government, i have a team who keep us safe at home and abroad. justine greening, michael fallon, philip hammond and theresa may.
but above all, we have britain's armed forces. let me tell you this. in the last year alone, they tackled ebola in west africa, protected the skies over the baltic, flew missions over iraq. they built defenses against isil in lebanon, trained army officers in afghanistan, and patrolled the seas around the falklands. there they were, in the pacific, flying supplies to cyclone victims, in the atlantic, shipping assistance to those hit by hurricanes, in the med, pulling people out of sinking dinghies. little england? no. never. great britain. and i'll tell you what, with armed forces like this, we can be even greater still. so let's stand and thank them for everything they do to keep us safe. [applause]
a greater britain is one that is strong in the world. and that should mean one that is strong in europe, too. it comes back to those conservative values, our belief in the nation state, but also in free trade. we all know what's wrong with the eu. it's got too big, too bossy, too interfering. but we also know what's right about it. it's the biggest single market in the world. now, some people say, "take what we've got and put up with it." others say, "just walk away from the whole thing." i say, no. this is britain. we don't duck fights. we get stuck in. we fix problems. that's how we kept our border checkpoints when others decided to take theirs down. it's how we kept the pound when
others went head first into the euro. because we do things our way. we get rebates. we get out of bailouts. but do you know what? it's not just what we get out of, it's what we get europe into. who do you think got europe to open trade talks with america, which would be the biggest trade deal in our history? who do you think got europe to agree to sanctions on iran, which brought that country to the negotiating table? us. britain. we did. believe me, i have no romantic attachment to the european union and its institutions. i'm only interested in two things, britain's prosperity and britain's influence. that's why i'm going to fight hard in this renegotiation. so we can get a better deal and the best of both worlds. let me give you one example. when we joined the european union we were told that it was
about going into a common market, rather than the goal that some had for "ever closer union." let me put this very clearly. britain is not interested in "ever closer union." and i will put that right. [applause] a greater britain needs a dynamic economy. today, it's a beacon in an uncertain world. we've got more foreign investment flooding into our country than anywhere else in europe. anywhere in the world except for america and china. but if anyone thinks the battle on the economy is won, they need to think again. the battle has only just begun. we still need to find savings and produce more, still need to become more competitive, still need to make the most of our
the northern powerhouse. and all at a time when our opponents have given up any sensible, reasonable, rational arguments on the economy. we live in a country where the main opposition party. let's not forget, the alternative government. believes in nationalizing industries without compensation, jacking up taxes to 60% of people's income, and printing money. there's an academic called richard murphy. he's the labour party's new economics guru, and the man behind their plan to print more money. he gave an interview a few weeks ago. he was very frank. he admitted that labour's plan would cause a "sterling crisis," but to be fair. he did add, and i quote, that it "would pass very quickly." well, that's alright then.
his book is actually called the joy of tax. i've read it. it's got 64 positions. and they're all wrong. this is actually serious. i tell you, our party's success in growing our economy and winning the economic arguments has never been more vital. nothing less than the security of every single family in our country depends on it. and as we do that, i know that we will have on our side not just the british people, not just british business. but our iron chancellor, george osborne. you know what makes me most
angry about labour? it's not just that their arguments are wrong, it's the self-righteous way they make them. the deficit-deniers, who go around saying we're hurting the poor. hang on a second. who gets hurt when governments lose control of spending and interest rates go through the roof? who gets hurt when you waste money on debt interest and have to cut the nhs? who gets hurt when taxes go up and businesses start firing rather than hiring? no. not the rich. it's poor people, working people. yes, the very people labour claim to be for. well, let's just remember labour ideas don't help the poor, they hurt the poor. that's right, labour. you're not for working people, but hurting people. if you want a lecture about poverty, ask labour. if you want something done about
it, come to us, the conservatives. [applause] there's another argument we need to win. there are some people who understand the deficit needs to come down, but don't get why we need a surplus. i'll tell you why. i don't stand here like a former prime minister once did and say i have abolished boom and bust. we can't just be thinking about today, we should be thinking about the rainy days that could come. just like a family does. they put something aside, take
children's future. to ensure our children's future. [applause] >> for me there's one big piece of unfinished business in our economy. that is housing. a greater britain must mean more families owning a family of their own. it goes back to those conservative beliefs. reward for hard work. if you worked hard and saved, i
just to have a roof over your head. i want you to have a roof of your own. the last five years, 600,000 new homes have been built. 150 people have day and moving in thanks to our help to buy. a our manifesto, we announced breakthrough house and the right to buy to ten thans. people said this would be impossible. housing legislations would never stand for it. nevergislation would pass. let me tell you something, greg clark, our brilliant community secretary, has secured a deal with housing associations to give their tenants the right to buy their home. that will mean the first tenants can start to buy their homes year.ext 1.3e said in our manifesto, million more people given the chance to become homeowners. promise kepte and by this government.
[applause] challenge has far, far begin. gentlemen and and gentleman in their 30's waking bedrooms,r childhood that should be a call for us. crusade toational get homes built. it means planning being performed. things, i'm going to be working with a great candidate. be the mayor, zach goldsmith. [applause] >> but today i want to single someone out. served this country, he arved this party, and there's huge amount more to come. let's hear it for the man who
>> now increasing home ownership means something else. for years politicians have been talking about building what they affordable homes. in many ways, the phrase was deceptive. thatsically meant homes were only available to rent. what people want are homes they can actually own. think about it. after all the officials who prepare the plans for the homes, developers who build them, the politicians who talk about people ownof these the homes they live in. don't they realize that other people want what they have? a home of their own? so today i can announce a shift in housing policy in our country. old rules which have said to developers. you can build on this site, but if you build affordable homes for rent. we're replacing them with new
rules. can build here and those affordable homes can be available to buy. rent toeration generation of buy. of home ownership in britain today. [applause] >> a more prosperous britain. there as westop build a greater britain. we are not a one trick party. for us, economic success that's not the finished particle. foundation on which we can build a better society. beenay yachttism has never a grand notion of money markets but a deep compulsion that says you make a country greater by making life better for its
people. means entering the no oftenes where politicians don't dare to venture. it means taking on the big problems, the extremism delights our community. looks at aew mom newborn baby, she vows to provide for it, she can. when the school girl sits in the classroom doing her studies, i can taketo know that her to the very fop. when the child of immigrants our flag, i want him to so loyal to our country that he wants to put on a uniform and fight for it. fires me up. people. to those that say -- they will problems our social are too big. i say you said our party wouldn't change and we did. said our long term economic plan wouldn't it, it is.
thataid we wouldn't win election, we did. we're going to take on the big social problems and just you us.h [applause] >> now central to that is an all assault on poverty. conservatives understand that if solving thes about problem, we need to tackle the route causes of poverty. one works, no children growing up in chaos, addiction, mental health abuse, family breakdown. sitting theager gcse is more likely to own a to have a dadn living with them. child.f your own think of the day they were born.
fragile they were. think of three babies born addicted to heroin in britain. we will now deal with poverty until we get to grips with the issue. we made a start in the last five years with the troubled families program. it has already turned around the of over 100,000 families. you know what one of the central aims is? very simple. adults a job. because we know in this party that the best route out of is work. so that's why we reformed welfare, introduced the cap, help create 2.5 million jobs. not enough to have a job. work has got to pay. nearly two-thirds of children in poverty have parents who are in jobs. worked., work hasn't that's why we've cut taxes for the lowest pay. keep doing that. from next week, we'll take a giant leap forward.
yes, the new national living wage. our nine pounds an hour by the decade.he and 80 pound a week pay rise for paying in our country. so that the message go out if you work hard and want to get on, you want more money at the end of the month, the party for in is the party right here this hall. [applause] [applause] >> but being out of work is only mustf the causes that we tackle. children in care today are guaranteed to live in poverty. , eight out of ten, leave without good gcse.
70% of prostitutes were once in care. more likelyr times to commit suicide than anyone else. these children-- are in our care. we the state, we are their parents. setting them up for? the streets? an early grave? tell you this shames our country and we will put it right. said to failing schools do a better job with our send newor we'll leaders in, so we'll say to poorly performing social as much taken over.or be just as we said -- [applause] >> just as we got the best graduates into teaching and the most difficult schools, let's get our best and line oft to the front social work. also stop must
children needing to being cared at all. when we came to office, the rate in our country was a scandal. now it has gone up. adoption bill will help increase it still further. there's so much more to do. so let us today in this hall say to all of those children allerate for a family and of those families yearning for a child, we the conserve tiffs, we ones who will bring you together. [applause] >> now there's another service by the state. andll too often fails trenches poverty. it is called prison. i believe if you committed a crime, punishment must follow. when it is serious enough, that prison.nt must mean let's not forget that since we came to office, crime is down by
quarter. the system is still not working. half of all criminals offend year of being released. many half go into prison with no qualifications and many come out with none either. all of those problems that may to that life, the drug addiction, the mental health problems, the childhood abuse, they remain unchanged. theave got to get away from sterile, lock them up or let them out debate. we've got to get smart about this. when prisoners are in jail, we've got their full attention. treataven's sake, let's their problems, educate them, and put them to work. we can restrict someone's freedom outside of prison, we can make sure they are working paying taxes rather than spending 30,000 pounds a year. let's use the tags to keep us safe and help people go clean. prisons, when our prisons are relics from the time dickens, it is time to sell
them off and build new one that is actually work. [applause] >> now this is going to be a big of social investment. i have just the man for the job. the man that gives everyone a chance. transformation for the education system. michael goff. now if we tackle the causes of poverty, we can make our country greater. there's another big social that we need to fix. in politician speak, a lack of
mobility. in normal language, people unable to rise from the bottom to the top or even from the because ofhe top their background. britain has the lowest social mobility in the developed world. the salary you earn is more linked to what your father got than in any other major country. i'm sorry for us the conservatives, the party of aspiration, we cannot except that. education ishat the spring board to opportunity. our performs are already working. more children studying maths and science. more learning coding and engineering. doing the extracurricular activities that teach confidence character. appreciately i went to a school. last year 53 of their children went on to university. 52 of them were the first this do so.amilies ever to that's why i'm so passionate
academies and free schools. head teachers are growing in confidence as they throw off the shackles. they are raising the aspirations not just of children but parents and whole communities. this movement is sweeping across our country. is this, 500bition new free schools, every school and yes, local authorities running schools a thing of the past. [applause] too manybe honest, for people, even a good education. that's not enough. are other barriers that stand in their way. picture this. you graduated with a good degree. far and out your cv wide. you get rejection after
rejection. what's wrong? is not the qualification. it is not the previous experience. is just two words at the top. name surname. do you know in our country today even if you have exactly the qualification, people with white sounding names are nearly twice as likely to get callbacks jobs than people with ethnic sounding names. this is a true story. one young black girl had to change her name to elizabeth interviews at any all. this in 21st century britain is disgrateful. -- disgraceful. we can can -- [applause] we can talk all we like about opportunity, but it is meaning are really people judged equality.
think about it like this, much toity doesn't mean a british muslim if he walks abusede street and is for his faith. opportunity doesn't mean much to a black person constantly stopped and searched by police color of their skin. opportunity doesn't mean much to becauseerican ejected of who they love. of two daughters. opportunities won't be anything if they grow up in a country where they get paid less their gender rather than how they work. it is so important. [applause] >> you can can't true without true partisanship.
the party of fair chance. the party of the equal shot. the party that doesn't care where you come from but only where you are going to. ask conservatives to end therimination and finish fight for real equality in our country today. [applause] ofkling the causes opportunity and fighting for real opportunity. there's one more big social to rebuildur mission britain as an even greater country. i mean to confront and
really confront extremeism. when i read what some young people born and brought up in it makesry are doing, me sick to my stomach. than any much older eldest daughter swapping loving family homes and straight a life of servitude under isil in a land of violence and oppression. boys. boys who could do anything they want to in britain. from all of the country stands for. instead, ending up in the desert a knife. this ideology and this diseased view of the world has become an epidemic infecting minds from mosques of mogodishu. tear up the prerogative that muslims gets what it
deserves. never mind to help the victims of syria. who is isil murdering more than anyone else? muslims. get away with the grievance anymore. [applause] >> two, take on extremism in all of the forms. violent and nonviolent. people don't become terrorists from standing start. -- it begins with a preacher telling them that christians and muslims can't together. it moves to perhaps in their community saying the security it services for responsible for 7/07. tells them how to wage jihad, fight syria, and before you know it, a young british boy barely 17 is strapping bonds to his body and blowing himself up in
iraq. we have to stop this at the start. the seed of hatred even being planted, let alone allowing it to grow. three, we need to tackle segregation. parts of britain today where you can get by without meetingaking english or someone from another culture. zoom right in and you'll see some institutions that actually help incubate these divisions. do you know that in our country there are some children who each day atl hours madressa. there's no problem. children being taught they shouldn't mix with people of other religions. and are being beaten swallows conspiracy theories about jewish people. the children should be having minds opened and horizons
broadened. filled with hatred. [applause] >> i can announce this today. if an institution is teaching, its religion we will like any other school make it be inspected. can be it no doubt if you are teaching intolerance, we will you down. [applause] wilder truth.o a we've been so frightened of that we haven't
looked hard enough at what was going on in the communities. tolerance.sive i'll tell you where it leads. it leads to children. totish children going pakistan in the summer holidays before they've even started and marry a man to they've never met. it leads to children, british their genitalled mutilated. us into a less giving country. here, no moreht passive tolerance in britain.
passed the laws. now i want them enforced. people who organized forced marriages, i want them prosecuted. childrenho take their for fgm, i want them arrested. we shouldn't just be saying wrong with the practices? we should be saying what's right with britain? freedom. democracy. equality. people fought for them and many died for them. in the trenches and on the beaches. out of the world is crying for these freedoms. they see what we've achieved them. free speech and the best literature in the world. and manyf religion religion, faiths living side by peacefully. free thinking and the advances has brought. the standard of living our grandparents could only have dr. of.
want my children and all of my children to know that we're part the greatestbig, multi-cultural democracy on earth. why we learn the british history in school. that's why. [applause] >> i want them to grow proud of our country. britain bashing and more national pride. our way, the conservative way, the only way to greater days. [applause] >> so my friends, big battles big arguments, a greater britain. they willr head as lose theirs. i have a message for those who voted for us and those who never have.
if you believe in strong defense mostelping the poorest, desperate people in the world, if you want an nhs that's there schools that and stretch our children and you understand that none of that is stronge without a economy if you believe we can become the enterprise capital of poverty, ifd beat you believe the fight against extremism is the fight for us to be, and you want the generation that ends discrimination, if you want things, the party you need is the party right here. late.never too .ever too late burnett harris wrote this is election.ily last i foolishly devoted to labor believing it served the working class. how wrong i was. labor is against all i aspire
to. 100% for a united kingdom and a sound economy, free enterprise, a trade to europe, and a decent standard of living conservative government would achieve this. you found the right party. i want many for to follow in foot steps. [applause] >> i believe that we can make era these 2010's a defining decade for our country. the turn around decade. the one in which people will the back on and say that's time when the tide turned and thele no longer felt current going against them but working with them. greater britain. nothing isow this, written. the poorest children don't have to get the worst results. they can get the best.
over the next five years, we'll show the deep problems in our is not inevitable. the childhood in care doesn't struggle.an a life in a stint in prison doesn't mean you'll do the same thing all over again. or asian or female or gay doesn't mean you'll be treated differently. nothing is written. if we're to be the global success story, we need to write millions of the individual success stories. a greater britain made on expectations. where renters become home ouncer, employees become employers, a small island becomes an even bigger economy, defeated extremism is once and for all. a greater britain, no more its people dragged down on held back. no more children with their noises pressed to the window as movingtch the world ahead without them. a country raising its sights and reaching new heights. a great british take off that leaves no one behind. to help youream